Amazakake Yokocho is a place of historical and cultural significance. The street has been a bustling area since the Edo period and nowadays, many stores sell Japanese traditional snacks. It's a nice place to stroll through and while trying out many different foods at different addresses.
Amazaka Yokocho was originally a smaller street that got destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and subsequently rebuilt to its current configuration. "Amazake" means sweet sake. A popular tavern serving sweet sake was formerly a gathering spot for people returning from watching a play at the nearby Meijiza theatre. The tavern was located on the original street and the whole stretch of road became referred to as Amazake Yokocho. Now, the yokocho is well-known for its many stores selling Japanese traditional sweets and snacks.
The entrance of the Amazake Yokocho avenue is just a 3-minute walk from the Ningyocho Station.
What To Do
Buying souvenirs or doing eating tours are a fun activity to do there. Here are a couple of shops you might want to stop at.
Have you ever tried a freshly backed sembei (Japanese rice cracker)? This is the place to try it. You can even see the store-owner making in the back of his shop. Fresh sembei crackers are so much more delicious than the ones you buy at super markets.
A box of deplorable sembei crackers for 1,000 yen! This place also has ningyo yaki, or doll cake, which is a sponge cake with various shape usually filled with azuki sweet beans. The area is also known as "doll town" so you'll see plenty of doll-themed foods.
You can also get some 500 yen nice sushi sets such as this one at Shinodazushi.
Or try some inarizushi which is sushi rice wrapped in tofu skin.
Look at this beautiful shaved ice topped with traditional ingredients (matcha, azuki beans, kinano powder)! You can get it at Gyokuei Dohikokuro.
Or try this popular treat of mochi wrapped around a Japanese chestnut.
Taiyaki at Yanagiya for just 150 yen. This store is a local favorite.
There is a place called Dagashi Bar. A dagashi is a cheap snack. Here, there is a 2h all-you-can-drink course that also includes all-you-can-eat dagashi for only 2,980 yen.
Amazake Yokocho is a nice avenue with a lot of history and "shita machi" (old, traditional neighborhood) charm. Hope you'll have to chance to explore it!
If you are interested in the yokocho back alleys of Japan, please check out the links below.